Great Places to Take Kids in Oregon

Great Places to Take Kids in Oregon

You’ll find no shortage of travel destinations for kids and adults in Oregon. Here’s a list of some of the areas that are sure to keep kids well-engaged during their visit.

1. Animals

  • Oregon Zoo – the kids will be enthralled to find animals from all over the world here. The Oregon Zoo is a great place to begin to teach kids about the diversity in animal life on our planet. Kids can also begin to develop an understanding of conservation practices and wildlife preservation at the zoo, which offers plenty of concerts, educational programs and seasonal events that allow families to discover and learn as they have fun.
  • Wildlife Safari – if you want your kids to experience an African safari, the Wildlife Safari will not disappoint. From the safety of your vehicle, you can traverse vast areas of game parks with diverse natural scenery. Kids will enjoy seeing an amazing variety of animals in their natural habitat. Various events are held throughout the year, including animal shows that allow kids to know more about the different wildlife species on the planet.

2. Museums

  • Oregon Museum of Science and Industry – ranked as one of the nation’s top 10 museums, kids will be thoroughly engaged by the exhibits and educational resources found here. The interactive exhibits and hands-on demonstrations here allow kids to easily develop an appreciation for science. Some of the museum’s attractions include a big screen theater and the largest planetarium in the Northwest.
  • Portland’s Children’s Museum – let your kids be inspired as they engage in a journey of discovery and learning here. Founded in 1949, the museum has numerous exhibits on crafts and natural history. A pet lending library and clay studio are additional attractions.

3. Playcenters

  • Garden Home Indoor Play Park – the supervised gym here makes a safe and fun environment for kids to play in. Children will be well entertained by the various games, toys and play features offered here. The activities are a great way to encourage kids to develop their social and motor skills.
  • The Enchanted Playhouse – this is the perfect place for kids to enjoy a carefree existence, with lots of fun and laughter. For adults, a visit to the Enchanted Playhouse will help you to reconnect with the childlike spirit within. Features of interest here include a bouncing castle, climbing structures, puppet theater, toys and games. The site also has a gift shop and offers healthy snacks and drinks.

4. Theme Parks

  • Enchanted Forestchild psychologists talk about the importance of sustaining an imaginative mind in a child. The
    EnchantedForest is an excellent entertainment venue that allows kids to nurture their imaginative side. Your kids will be enthralled by the handcrafted and lush forest atmosphere here. The forest has lots of interesting sites such as the EnglishVillage, Summer Comedy Theater andWesternTown. Kids will enjoy activities such as battling dragons and monsters, picnicking, rides and water-light shows.
  • The Oaks Amusement Park – this is the oldest amusement park in the US, located on the banks of the
    WillametteRiver inPortland. Traditional entertainment merges beautifully with modern thrills here. There’s a good range of food available that kids love, including cheese burgers, corn dogs, hamburgers, hot dogs, ice cream, soda and candy. If you prefer healthy eating, you may pack a picnic and enjoy it along the riverfront.

5. Water Fun Sites

  • North Clackamas Aquatic Park – this is a great site for swimming, surfing and other water activities. The wave pool is especially thrilling for kids. North Clackamas Aquatic Park is also a great place to hold birthday parties or other celebrations with the kids.
  • Pendleton Family Aquatic Center – for the ultimate in water world fun, you’ll want to stop at
    PendletonFamilyAquaticCenter. This awesome theme park has gigantic waterslides, various open and closed tubes that kids love to go through, pools and other interesting water features for kids. The park also offers picnic facilities.


Enchanted Forest. (2012)

Garden Home Indoor Play Park. (2012)

North Clackamas Aquatic Park. (2012)

Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. (2012)

Oregon Zoo. (2012)

PendletonFamilyAquaticCenter. (2012)

Portland’s Children’s Museum. (2012)

The Enchanted Playhouse. (2012)

The OaksAmusement Park. (2012)

Wildlife Safari. (2012)